** nanostudio songs **
Your taking on something I have wondered about. How do I perform tracks that I made in NS. Just mute the main lead and play that part?
Seems the only option, but I'd be interested to hear how the experience works out for you (good and bad). I think if you aren't afraid to fail, or make mistakes, and just have fun, it will be a mostly positive experience. I'd have to practice like crazy since I can't play any of the tracks I have created, beyond the most recent perhaps. Good luck!
My problem exactly! Oh that and not liking being in the limelight, and having no sense of timing and generally getting stressed. Nothing to go wrong then!
My "plan" (if you can call it that) is to use 2 ipads and an ipod touch for backup. One ipad will have the controller keyboard and I will "play" lead or pad sections on there, and will be playing the actual NS track. My thought is I will create new lanes for the live parts and mute the recorded part. I will then record the new live part on the new lane and loop the section. If it goes wrong I can then mute the "live" lane and unmute the recorded "lane". This should allow me to build up the track something similar to, but not exactly like the recorded version. The other iPad will be used for FX, TRG, that sort of things. And to handle transitions between tracks. One thing i have noticed is that some of the live improvised electronic scene everything can blend into everything else - so I would quite like the 3 tracks or sections to be different(ish). Now that Christmas is out of the way I can setup the iPads, iPods on the dining room table, plug into the mixer, stick on the headphones and see what is what.
My aim is to have end pieces that are obviously like the recorded tracks but not the same - but to go off and (dare I say?) improvise something and see where it goes. Although that is a lot easier typing on a laptop at night than actually do :-)
It might not happen - but I think I would like to try. The daunting thing is the person who has asked me is part of a local duo called "Lost Garden" - and has years of electonic and guitar based music. The other member of the duo was the keyboardist in the Sheffield 1980s band "Comsat Angels". Hmm. An example of their music is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pXgCFiFFMU (it was a good night - I was there - you can just about see my head on the right of the video).
I might keep notes about what I do for education and amusement of others :-)
>>Fantastic first album Mr. Abstractnoise!
Why thank you, Slam-Cut! :) Mind if I quote some or all of that on my FB page?
As with so many of these things, the pretty much project took on a life of its own, especially once I started to work out what was possible with the tools and circumstances at hand. "Challenging", yes, but in a good way. Lots of problem-solving, lots of noting small snippets of ideas into other project files so I could move on. Glad I tried it, even if it never sells much.
I read somewhere that Mike Oldfield would write ideas as they came to him on Rizla papers, as they were the only thing he always had on him. Then he'd slip them into a jar so he could work on the task in hand. Then he'd perhaps come back to the jar later to pick a couple out when he was stuck for ideas in a dry patch. I never did use the latter part, but I did use a virtual implementation of this, by simply dropping a few notes/bars into a new project in NS as new ideas struck that didn't fit what I was working on, so I could then go back and work on one of the main six tracks forming the larger project. Helped make sure things didn't get lost, while also maintaining wider focus. End result, I have LOTS of short "Untitled-xx" projects to look at!
Time for me to go do some listening elsewhere for a while before starting work on the next project, whatever that might be!
@abstractnoise: Excellent album - really enjoying listening to this one. To my ears there are little hints of Vangelis here and there. Keep up the good work!
Aww thanks Kitejan - will certainly keep going as time allows!
@abstractnoise: "Mind if I quote some or all of that on my FB page?"
No, not at all. I wasn't writing that just to be nice, I really think the album is a great bit of electronic music, so I don't mind standing behind those words and being quoted on that. Good luck with the project. The hardest part, at least so it seems to me having never released an album, is everything you have to do after the album is completed to get the music in front of people who will actually care enough to listen to it. Tough to do these days with so much music out there. I'd be interested to hear how all of that goes for you.
The tip of Mike Oldfield's 'Idea Jar' is certainly worth considering. I often have a hard time getting new thoughts flowing when I have a section established. I see the tree in front of me but can't quite see other trees, let alone the entire forest. Maybe this technique will be useful for that. Sounds like you started new projects for the ideas, rather than exporting short MIDI clips? Either way would probably prove useful, but I was just thinking that short MIDI files would be easier to add to other projects that needed something. I'll have to try that and see...
I'd actually found myself creating whole projects for the "Idea jar" because I wanted to pull together sounds and mini-arrangements all in one. So even if I'd spend a whole journey working on one of those, it wouldn't go to waste. And in fact, that's how the initial ideas for whole album came together, all while I was trying to do *something* with "Convicted by Confusion". That track to my ear and heart still really isn't done, but I included it precisely as it was the genesis of everything else.
@abstractnoise: I second Slam-Cut. Brilliant album!! I especially liked "Commuting underworld" which is a huge tune!! Well done!!
I also make music on my daily commute and for me it´s the essence of what iOS music is about. To be able to make music everywhere!
I remember back in the day, Jinxpadlock (who also made his music on his commute to and from London) suggested we should do a compilation-album called: "Absolute Commute" :D
New LoungeBots track. Dreamy electronic synth pop, done in mostly in Nanostudio.
Great work as usual Ian!! When will you collect all your fantastic songs in an album???
Let's begin 2015 with a nostalgic yet dynamic tune :
Happy New Year
Back after another lull, mainly due to trying and failing with Cubasis. Nanostudio is still king for getting things done.
A couple of new bits, some Deep Beats and Some Acid House.
Harisonzamperla, cool song with the video, I haven't taken nanostudio in that direction as far as a genre goes.. Very cool.
I've had nanostudio for about three months, if you'd check out my best stuff I'd appreciate that so much...
I like it very chill. The breathing sound samples on bombshelter are very cool
@major Lee this track is amazing I really dig it. How did you process the vocals and is that all samples or live bass guitar on the track?
Thanks a lot for the feedback, Harisonzamperla I appreciate it.
I also just made this track a few days ago, and spent a few hours just on getting the right mixture of knobs for the bass and good mix.
Let me know what you think?
Thanks Harrison for your kind feedback
The Bass guitar is a sample (single note), Played semi live on the loop but with post correction in midi editing. (like a sculptor would do, give a quick live feeling of the general shape and then polish).
I Don't know how the vocal has been processed because the vocal mix and master was done by Steven Cisek (https://soundcloud.com/s-cisek).
I was in charge of the composition , delivered tracks for each instruments and he put vocals, effects , mixed and mastered the whole.
Here is a track I did for a remix contest. composed and mixed purely in nanostudio and mastered in audio mastering (as is my usual workflow). https://soundcloud.com/evileyedancemusic/lucky-nicky-feat-laurent-battle...
Bringing back the Dino to modern music :
Here's a new lounge track I made that features the sounds of the Hang drum...
Everyday I am sitting in the train and going to work. It is possible to read a book, play games and listen to music ... or make music with NanoStudio ;-)